ASCLS-Kansas annually dedicates two scholarship in the name of Dr. Mary Conrad. Dr. Conrad passed away on September 21, 2015, after a long life of service to healthcare in Kansas. Dr. Conrad started her healthcare career at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita in the chemistry department, progressing to supervisor of the department of chemistry and urinalysis. She left St. Francis in 1968 to teach in the Medical Laboratory Technician Program at Wichita Area Vocational School. In 1980, Wichita State University engaged Dr. Conrad to teach clinical chemistry and foundational courses in the Medical Technology Program. Dr. Conrad earned tenure and was promoted to associate professor in 1992, and became Chair of the Department of Medical Technology in 1993. She served as Chair for 16 years. She was passionate about the Medical Technology Program and cared about each and every student.
Dr. Conrad earned a BS in Medical Technology, Chemistry and Biological Sciences at Sacred Heart College (Kansas Newman College) in Wichita in 1957. She was a graduate of the St. Francis Hospital Medical Technology Program. Dr. Conrad earned an MS and a PhD from Kansas State University at Manhattan, Kansas. Her dissertation topic, “Factors Affecting the Scores of Traditional and Nontraditional Students of Medical Technology in Kansas on the ASCP Board of Registry Certification Examination” was aligned to her interests in medical technology education.
Mary Conrad was a member and supporter of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences and the Kansas Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences from 1960 until her death. She was an enthusiastic participant of the Kansas Medical Technology Educators’ Conference and served on many local, state, and national committees, representing students and practitioners of medical technology.
Dr. Conrad was honored with the Wichita State University Teacher of the Year Award in 1995. She was elected to Alpha Eta Honor Society and Delta Kappa Gamma, an international honor society of women educators.
Dr. Conrad was a prolific researcher and writer. She was especially interested in correlations between urine sediment findings and pathology. Her presentation, “Concepts, Correlations, and Sediment Identification in Urinalysis,” has been a mainstay of medical technology professional conferences for many years.
Graduates of Dr. Conrad’s courses serve healthcare needs across Kansas. Her influence has been wide and positive. Graduates remember her as being able to bring out the best in others and motivated to make a difference in the healthcare of Kansas citizens.
ASCLS-Kansas is pleased to honor Mary Conrad’s memory with these scholarships.